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Scoliosis Treatment in Illinois

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Normally, when viewed from the front or rear, a person’s spine appears straight. Scoliosis causes it to curve laterally (to the side). Although it may affect any part of the spine, thoracic (chest) and lumbar (lower back) scoliosis are most common. Several factors influence the onset of scoliosis, which is particularly prevalent among young people approaching puberty.

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis refers to irregular curvature of the spine.

Scoliosis frequently sets-in during the period of rapid growth and bodily changes, usually occurring shortly before puberty takes hold. Conservative treatment includes exercises designed to strengthen and straighten the spine. Braces may also be used to halt the progression of the curve and support normal growth.

Causes of Scoliosis

The exact cause of scoliosis isn’t always known, but certain factors increase risk for developing the condition. Scoliosis may be related to these contributing causes:

  • Neuromuscular conditions – Cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy can play a role in the development of scoliosis. Abnormal muscle and nerve function associated with these and other neuromuscular conditions interfere with stages of growth and development, leading to curvature of the spine.
  • Family history – Many people diagnosed with scoliosis have a family history of back problems, including family members sharing the malady.
  • Gender– Women are more likely to develop scoliosis than their male counterparts.
  • Degenerative processes – As the bones of the spine change with age and protective intervertebral discs break down, scoliosis may be traced to various associated conditions, such as compression fractures, osteoporosis, or a history of traumatic sports injury.
  • Birth abnormality – Congenital causes account for cases of scoliosis present at birth.

Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of the disorder, occurring without identifiable causes. Lacking another explanation, idiopathic cases of scoliosis are thought to be inherited.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

Scoliosis occurring in children may show these signs and symptoms:

  • Head is not centered
  • One shoulder blade appears higher than the other
  • Rib cage is asymmetrical
  • Child leans to one side
  • Uneven waist/one hip is more prominent than the other

Call (630) 584-1400 to schedule an appointment with a scoliosis specialist.